Tewksbury Police Chief Ryan Columbus is pleased to share that the Tewksbury Police Department’s unions, the Tewksbury Police Benevolent Association and the Tewksbury Police Athletic League are partnering with the Tewksbury Community Pantry to host a Thanksgiving Family Meal Distribution this Sunday.
When: Sunday, Nov. 20, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Where: The Tewksbury Community Pantry, 999 Whipple Road
The Tewksbury Police Benevolent Association, a community group that seeks to do good within Tewksbury; the Tewksbury Police Superior Officer’s Union; the Tewksbury Police Patrolman’s Union; and the Tewksbury Police Athletic League have donated toward the purchase of turkeys and traditional Thanksgiving fixings to be distributed to families in need. Members of these groups also will assist in food distribution on Sunday.
This annual effort by the Tewksbury Community Pantry serves Tewksbury residents who have utilized the pantry for food support in recent months and have provided necessary documentation in advance of the distribution. Due to the known census and limitations on food supplies, the pantry is unable to assist unregistered guests for this event. As always, those in need may contact the pantry for assistance at any time for assistance outside of this unique event.
“On behalf of the Tewksbury Community Pantry and especially those we serve here in town, I want to thank the Tewksbury law enforcement teams that came together to support this year’s Thanksgiving Family Meal Distribution,” said Todd Johnson, a long-time pantry director and volunteer. “Their generosity in protecting and serving those in need is an extension of their daily calling. We all know that inflation is having a huge impact on everyone right now, especially those who struggle to make ends meet, so the financial support provided by the various unions and benevolent organizations associated with our police department comes at a critical time. They each have been reliable supporters and we are extremely grateful for their generosity this year.”
Johnson says this is an annual event the pantry has managed for years, and while it’s limited to a list of registered guests, any resident in need of assistance should contact the pantry and arrangements can be made outside of this event.
“This year, the police unions and benevolent groups wanted to help with the effort and agreed to underwrite the cost of the Thanksgiving meals,” he said. “As you can imagine, it is an expensive event and costs are up significantly this year. Their generosity is greatly appreciated.”
Sgt. Mike Donovan, president of the Tewksbury Police Benevolent Association and Vice President of the Tewksbury Superior Officers Union, said the groups were happy to assist.
“The people at the Tewksbury Community Pantry have worked diligently for years to feed families in need around the holidays,” said Donovan. “We believe it’s a great cause and we’re honored to provide assistance any way we can, whether it be by donations or volunteer work.”
About the Tewksbury Community Pantry: The Tewksbury Community Pantry provides short and long-term food assistance to Tewksbury residents in financial need and to people who are referred to the Pantry by Tewksbury clergy and the Town Clerk’s office. Confidential assistance is given to everyone who receives food from the Pantry. Anyone seeking food assistance should call 978-858-2273. Leave a message and your call will be returned. Voicemail messages are retrieved weekly.